fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- ",500,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Zhang Chang" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:59:34 +0200
Subject: For Personal Consumption!
This is of utmost secrecy. With the Libyan leader, most of his loyalists and Abu Bakr Yunis Jabr,
former Libyan defence minister and current head of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi's armed forces,
have been reportedly killed by the soldiers of the National transitional council (NTC) over a heavy gun battle in Sirte.
Abu Bakr Yunis Jabr was heavily connected to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and during the 42 years of Gaddafi regime,
he made enormous wealth.
Abu Bakr Yunis Jabr made a fixed deposit of $25,500,000.00 Million United States Dollars in my bank branch
and he died with his entire family during a heavy gun battle leaving behind no next of kin, am ready to share
50/50 with you if you choose to stand as my deceased client next of kin.
Please if you are interested and willing to work as my partner to this transaction I advice you indicate by sending the following below to show your interest.
1.Your full names
2.Your resident address
4.Your phone number
5.Date of birth
6.Country of resident
Your response with the requested information should be sent to reach me at my personal email address:
Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if only you are interested.